The Houston Texans undoubtedly have a contingency plan should legal issues keep quarterback Deshaun Watson out of action, but GM Nick Caserio isn’t sharing it.
“We’re not going to get into a lot of hypotheticals, a lot of speculation,” Caserio told the media Friday. “I’m not really good at that. Maybe someone else is better at that than me. If you want to speculate, probably go buy bitcoin and focus on that.
“We’re going to focus on the things we can control, which is getting ready for the draft and trying to take advantage of the opportunities to continue to add to our team and build our roster. And we’ll just take it one day at a time and focus on the things we can control.”
Watson is the defendant in 22 civil lawsuits filed by women who said Watson either behaved inappropriately or sexually assaulted them in the course of massages. Police in Houston are investigating the accusations of some of the women.
Watson has denied all allegations while the NFL said it will “closely monitor” developments and launch its own investigation through league security. Potential interviews and investigations with some of the alleged victims could lead to Watson temporarily being placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt List.
The civil suits landed as Watson, 25, was attempting to maneuver himself out of Houston by demanding a trade.
“We’re respectful of the legal process and where that is,” Caserio said. “So we’re focused on today. We’re focused on getting ready for the offseason program and getting ready for the draft. So that’s where our focus is.”
The Texans signed quarterback Tyrod Taylor in free agency, and he would provide a veteran presence with starting experience should Watson not be able to play this fall.
–Field Level Media